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AFC Wimbledon odds, like with every side in League One, have become extremely popular to bet on. The club’s rapid rise through the English Football League system has brought the club to the attention of many bettors, and odds on AFC Wimbledon to get promoted can be attractive. Equally, though, competing in a league known for its inconsistencies, AFC Wimbledon odds are also common.

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History

AFC Wimbledon are a professional football club located in Kingston upon Thames in Greater London. Formed by supporters of Wimbledon Football Club following their club’s relocation to Milton Keynes, AFC Wimbledon have rapidly progressed through the English divisions and currently play in England’s third tier, League One.

The history of AFC Wimbledon starts in 2002. In the May of that year, the English Football Association allowed Wimbledon Football Club relocate to Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. There were reports that the club would have gone bankrupt without the move. However, Wimbledon FC supporters protested against the move, feeling that a relocated club wouldn’t be the same club they support.

When the relocation was confirmed, a number of Wimbledon supporters, including founding members Kris Stewart, Marc Jones and Trevor Williams met in a public house in Wimbledon to discuss the future of the club. A plan for a new club was formed, and members of the community, including many Wimbledon FC supporters, put forward funds to bring these plans to fruition.

In the June of 2002, AFC Wimbledon was formed and a new kit, a new AFC Wimbledon crest and new stadium were shown. The club launched trials for new players, and AFC Wimbledon joined the Combined Counties League for the 2002/2003 season.

AFC Wimbledon started their Combined Counties League history in the Premier Division. The club performed well, finishing third in the table and just missing out on promotion. The following season, after an unbeaten campaign featuring 42 wins and four draws, AFC Wimbledon won the Premier Division title and with it promotion to the Isthmian League First Division. The club also won the Premier Challenge Cup, ensuring a double trophy winning season.

AFC Wimbledon achieved back to back promotions. The 2004/2005 season saw the club win the Isthmian League First Division title with ease, and sealed promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division. As well as consecutive title wins, AFC Wimbledon achieved successive double trophy winning seasons, winning the Surrey Senior Cup.

The following campaign, AFC Wimbledon almost achieved three consecutive promotions. After reaching the Premier Division playoffs, the club were beaten by Fisher Athletic at the semi final stage. The 2006/2007 season resulted in a similar outcome, AFC Wimbledon beaten in the semi final of the playoffs, this time by Bromley.

It was a case of third time lucky for AFC Wimbledon in the 2007/2008 season. Finishing third in the table, the club qualified for this playoffs and this time were successful, beating Staines Town in the playoff final and sealing promotion to the Conference South.

AFC Wimbledon continued their rapid rise by clinching the Conference South title.  This sealed promotion to the Conference Premier for the 2009/2010 campaign.

The club finished their first season in the Conference Premier in eighth place, the first time an AFC Wimbledon side hadn’t finished in the top five positions of the table. The club performed better the season after, finishing in second place and qualifying for the Conference Premier playoffs. After beating Fleetwood Town 8-1 on aggregate, the club faced Luton Town in the playoff final. After the match finished 0-0, the game went to a penalty shootout, with AFC Wimbledon won 4-3. The club were promoted to the Football League for the first time in AFC Wimbledon history.

Starting the 2011/2012 campaign in League Two, the club won seven of its first twelve matches of the season, but couldn’t keep that run going. Instead, a poor run of results resulted in AFC Wimbledon finishing in 16th place, but clear of relegation.

The club celebrated its ten year anniversary in the 2012/2013 season, but AFC Wimbledon couldn’t match the celebration with good results. Following a series of managerial changes, the club found itself deep in the relegation mire, but a 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town on the final day secured their League Two safety.

Another 20th place finish followed the season after, before the 2014/2015 season shown signs of improvement finishing in 15th position.

In the 2015/2016 campaign, AFC Wimbledon finished in seventh place, earning a spot in the League Two playoffs. After beating Accrington Stanley in the semi final, the club met Plymouth Argyle on the 14th anniversary of the foundation of the club. AFC Wimbledon celebrated the occasion in style, with a 2-0 victory sealing promotion to League One.

Crest

The AFC Wimbledon crest is based on the Wimbledon Borough coat of arms. This crest features a two headed black eagle, a representation of the legend that Julius Caesar stayed on Wimbledon Common.

The AFC Wimbledon football badge is close in design to the original Wimbledon Football Club badge. The club see themselves as the true continuation of Wimbledon FC, instead of Milton Keynes Dons who they see as a completely different football club and not a relocated version of Wimbledon.

Colours

The AFC Wimbledon kit colours are blue and yellow, based on the colours of Wimbledon Football Club.

When the club was first formed, the AFC Wimbledon colours were blue and white. The AFC Wimbledon strip featured a blue shirt with a white trim, white shorts and white socks. This kit was worn in preseason matches. When the 2002/2003 campaign began, the AFC Wimbledon kit featured a blue shirt with a yellow collar and yellow trim, blue shorts with a yellow trim, and blue socks topped with a yellow hoop.

Between 2004 and 2008, the AFC Wimbledon kit was mostly all blue, featuring specks of yellow on the collar and sleeves.

The AFC Wimbledon kit worn between 2008 and 2010 featured a lot more yellow, blue shirts with thick yellow trim, blue shorts with yellow trim and blue socks became the AFC Wimbledon colours. For the following four seasons, the club’s kit reverted to all blue with flecks of yellow appearing on the shirts, shorts and socks.

From 2014 to 2016, the club wore blue shirts with thin yellow vertical stripes. For the 2018/2019 season, the AFC Wimbledon colours featured blue shirt, blue shorts and blue socks topped with yellow hoops.

AFC Wimbledon Stadium

The AFC Wimbledon stadium is called Kingsmeadow. The club share this ground with Kingstonian.

The AFC Wimbledon stadium capacity currently stands at 4,850, which includes 2,265 seats. The current AFC Wimbledon stadium layout features four main stands - the John Green Stand, once known as the Nongshim Stand; the Paul Strank Stand, after a benefactor of the club; the RyGas Stand, formerly known as the East Stand and the Your Golf Travel Stand; and the Chemflow End, also known as the Athletics End and the Tempest End.

There are future AFC Wimbledon stadium plans. These plans include moving to the Merton area and building a new all seater stadium there. Wimbledon Football Club had played in Merton at Plough Lane from 1912 and 1991, and the club want to return to their original home.

There has been plans to sell Kingsmeadow to Chelsea Football Club, with the money from the sale being used to finance a future move. However, AFC Wimbledon will still use the ground for their home games until that future move comes to fruition.

Supporters

The majority of AFC Wimbledon supporters come from the fanbase that supported Wimbledon Football Club. The AFC Wimbledon supporters have gained respect from other club’s fans across the world for the way they set up a new club true to their roots.

The AFC Wimbledon supporters’ group The Dons Trust owns 75% of the club. Another AFC Wimbledon supporters club, the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association are also hopeful of purchasing shares in the club at some point in the future.

The AFC Wimbledon supporters enjoy a great rivalry with MK Dons. Both clubs see themselves as the continuation of Wimbledon Football Club, with both sides also laying claim to the trophies and history of Wimbledon FC.

Other rivalries include Crawley Town and Sutton United, and there are also rivalries with Carshalton Athletic, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Tooting & Mitcham United.

Ownership

The AFC Wimbledon owners are The Dons Trust. Under the agreement, The Dons Trust will keep 75% ownership of the club, although a small share was sold to pay for the purchase of Kingsmeadow.

Stats

The list of AFC Wimbledon stats begin with their all time leading appearance maker. In non league football, this accolade falls to Sam Hatton, who made 144 non league appearances for the club between 2007 and 2012. Four other players made over 100 non league appearances for AFC Wimbledon. These are Antony Howard, Andy Little, Danny Kedwell and Luke Garrard.

Since becoming members of the Football League, the AFC Wimbledon leading appearance maker is Barry Fuller. Fuller has made 147 Football League appearances for the club to date after joining in 2013.

Three other players have made over 100 Football League appearances for AFC Wimbledon. These are Sammy Moore, Jack Midson and George Francomb, who still plays for the club.

The AFC Wimbledon record goalscorer since the club’s Football League era began is Jack Midson. Midson scored 42 goals in 140 appearances between 2011 and 2014.

In terms of non league football, the AFC Wimbledon record goalscorer is Kevin Cooper. Cooper scored 104 goals in 99 appearances in all competitions for AFC Wimbledon, from 2002 to 2004.

Cooper is the only player to have scored over 100 goals for AFC Wimbledon in their non league era, though three scored over 50. These are Danny Kedwell (63 goals), Jon Main (58 goals) and Richard Butler (52 goals).

AFC Wimbledon’s record attendance figure is 4,870. This number of spectators watched AFC Wimbledon play Accrington Stanley in the League Two play off semi final in 2016.

AFC Wimbledon Players

The current AFC Wimbledon players list consists of 30 members of the first team squad, supported by the AFC Wimbledon Development Squad and Academy.

Notable ex AFC Wimbledon players include Glenn Mulcaire, who scored the first ever AFC Wimbledon goals in 2002 and Kevin Cooper, the club’s all time record goalscorer.

Notable players associated with Wimbledon Football Club include John Fashanu, Vinnie Jones, Dave Beasant and Efan Ekoku.

The current AFC Wimbledon player of the year is Deji Oshilaja. There have been 15 other recipients of this award - Lee Sidwell, Matt Everard, Richard Butler, Andy Little, Antony Howard, Jason Goodliffe, Ben Judge, Danny Kedwell, Sam Hatton, Sammy Moore, Jack Midson, Barry Fuller, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Paul Robinson and Tom Elliott. The award is voted for by members of the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association.

When the club played in the Conference Premier, three players were named in the 2010/2011 Conference Premier Team of the Year. These were Seb Brown, Sam Hatton and Danny Kendall.

AFC Wimbledon Manager

The current AFC Wimbledon manager is Neal Ardley. Ardley took on the AFC Wimbledon manager job in 2012, taking over from caretaker manager Simon Bassey.

Ardley became the sixth man to take charge of the team in AFC Wimbledon manager history. Terry Earnes was the first ever AFC Wimbledon manager, and was in charge from 2002 and 2004. Nick English took over on a caretaker basis and was followed by Dave Anderson. Anderson was in charge until 2007, when he was replaced by Terry Brown. When Brown left in 2012, Simon Bassey took caretaker charge before Ardley was appointed.

The AFC Wimbledon manager with the highest win percentage is caretaker boss Nick English. English won 19 of his 21 games in charge, giving him a 90.48 win percentage.

Terry Brown is currently the club’s longest serving manager, having taken charge of 270 AFC Wimbledon matches, though Ardley is close to overtaking this record.

Honours

The AFC Wimbledon honours list consists of one League Two playoff win (2016/2017); one Conference Premier playoff win (2010/2011); one Conference South title (2008/2009); one Isthmian League Premier Division playoff win (2007/2008); one Isthmian League First Division title (2004/2005); one Combined Counties League Premier Division title (2003/2004); one Combined Counties League Premier Challenge Cup win (2003/2004); one London Senior Cup win (2013/2014); and one Surrey Senior Cup win (2004/2005).

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